JOZY Altidore’s move to Sunderland was expected to be confirmed today after the striker underwent a medical in the North East yesterday.
The USA front-man flew into the North East at the weekend after a transfer fee was agreed between AZ Alkmaar and Sunderland of around £6million.
And after being shown around the club’s facilities, Altidore and his representatives continued talks over personal terms ahead of the medical.
Overnight the club were looking to rubber-stamp the few remaining details of the move with there expected to be no last-minute hitches in the deal.
If things go ahead as planned, Altidore will be confirmed a Sunderland player today, tomorrow at the latest, and a major part of the Black Cats’ summer revamp will be in place.
The pacey, powerful, athletic 23-year-old who has been prolific for the Dutch side over the past two seasons was Sunderland’s key target this summer.
Elswehere, Sunderland’s transfer plans suffered a double set-back yesterday after Benjamin Mendy joined Marseille and Gino Peruzzi’s representatives called a halt to negotiations over his move to the Stadium of Light.
The two young full-backs are hugely rated and it looked last week that Sunderland might stealthily acquire both after moving quickly when the transfer window officially opened.
Le Havre left-back Mendy is among the most highly-regarded young players in France while Velez Sarsfield’s Peruzzi is also tipped for the very highest level.
But after coming to the Stadium of Light last week and appearing to be close to signing a deal, Mendy’s head was turned by late interest from Champions League side Marseille.
That was a massive blow to Sunderland but things worsened when news emerged that their pursuit of Velez Sarsfield’s Peruzzi had also hit the buffers with the 21-year-old walking away from a move to the Stadium of Light on personal terms.
Sunderland are believed to have agreed a fee in the region of £5m for the Argentine but the player’s advisers are not satisfied with the offer so far.